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Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

Southwest Iowa REC will once again be offering scholarships for the 2015 school year to graduating high school seniors.

Branstad: Transportation Funding A Priority in 2015

Governor Branstad has indicated this may be the time to change – and likely raise – Iowa's fuel tax to pay for the state's deteriorating bridges and roads.

Ethanol Backers Pleased with EPA Pull Back on Renewable Fuel Standard

Supporters of renewable fuels in Iowa say they are pleased with the announcement by the EPA to delay their decision on a proposal that would have dramatically cut the amount of renewable fuels required to be used in the country.

Iowa Responds to EPA on Emissions Standards

Three state agencies have submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emissions standards for existing power plants. 

U.S., China Agree to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

​In November, The U.S. and China unveiled long-term plans to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change​.

State Election Update

Republicans added four seats to their majority in the Iowa House and Democrats were able to retain control of the Iowa Senate. In the Iowa House, 15 new House members were elected.

EPA Activation Brings Better Understanding of Power Generation

Thanks to many advocates like you, Iowa’s electric cooperatives were able to send over 10,000 comments to the EPA urging them to adopt “all-of-the-above” energy strategies.

Southwest Iowa REC urges EPA to Consider Cost and Reliability Impact

Southwest Iowa REC participated in a nationwide electric cooperative effort that collectively submitted more than 1.1 million comments from co-op member-owners to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

USDA Invests $1.4 Billion to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

The USDA announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states. The announcement includes $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems.

USDA Releases New "Made in Rural America" Report

The USDA announced a new state-by-state report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. 


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